Plumbing

How To Deal With Floor Joists That Need To Be Cut Or Moved For Plumbing

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    One of our friends asks about a bathroom remodel they are doing and while replacing their toilet the installation of the new waste line means they need to cut into a joist more than they should. When doing this you will be weakening the structure around an important area that needs to carry some weight. He wants to know what the best way to handle this is.

    Its always disappointing when you run into this type …

    How To Clean Out Your Main Plumbing Waste Line

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      For many people cleaning plumbing clogs is not something the want to get involved with but if you have worked with basic plumbing before this is a job that you can perform on your own and save yourself a large amount of money.

      Normally when pipes clog in your home it will happen in the trap area. This is a piece of pipe that is U shaped and the easiest place to see one is under …

      How To Water Company installed Larger Supply Line now my Water Heater Pressure Valve is Leaking

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        A friend of ours writes that the water company dug up their road and installed a new larger supply pipe in his street. They also installed a Check Valve to reduce Back Flow. Now his Water Heater Pressure Valve is leaking and he is wondering what he should do.

        The first thing to understand is when water is heated in your water heater it expands. This expansion can be dangerous and they can actually explode …

        How To Fix A Small Chip or Hole Inside a Toilet

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          One of our friends asks how do they fix a chip in the bowl of their toilet that happened when they dropped something in it. Should they fix the hole or replace the whole toilet.

          This is a common problem in the bathroom. You wake up and by accident drop something heavy into the toilet and cause a crack or hole in the side of the bowl.

          The first thing you have to understand is that …

          How To Repair A Bathtub With Pealing Paint

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            This happens to most people eventually. Their Bathtub starts looking bad because the paint is pealing or chipping or maybe there is even some rust starting to form. Eventually all metal products will rust and the paint will fail if you put it in use. Bathtubs don’t see a lot of use continually but over the years with the moisture and cracking of paint the tub will need fixing.

            Now the person asking for help …

            How To Replace a Delta Faucet Valve

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              This is a pretty easy how to. A friend contacted me about a problem with his faucet leaking from both valves. The problem isn’t too bad at this point but it’s something that needs to be taken care of.

              After removing the handles to the faucet he was able to see the valve but wasn’t sure how to remove it. If this is the first valve you have removed it may look a little more …

              How To Fix pluming leaks in an emergency situation

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                Well it’s a holiday time again and when things go wrong they normally happen on a holiday weekend. Knowing what to do in these situations is a really important part of being a homeowner.

                I’ve been contacted by a few friends this holiday season who had problems with their water heaters this is a pretty strange situation however neither of the problems we’re so bad that they needed to call a plumber. Calling a plumber or handyman on a weekend or …

                How To Troubleshoot Low Hot Water Pressure

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                  In this How To we will look at some of the ways to track down low pressure on the hot water side of your supply lines.

                  A Writer Asks:

                  I have a problem getting hot water from my shower. Cold water tap works all the time, hot water tap works but the pressure is very bad. Bathroom and kitchen sinks have no trouble getting hot water. Thanks for any help on this.
                  Whats the Answer?
                  The first …

                  How To Reduce your Electric Bill with a Water Heater Timer

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                    While everyone is promoting the use of Compact Florescent and LED Light Bulbs to save money the reality is heating and cooling are the most expensive portions of our electric use.

                    To reduce the cost of Electric used for heating our homes most new homes will come with a programmable thermostat allowing the owner to set on and off times throughout the day and reduce heat and air conditioning use while no one is …

                    How To Prepare for the 5 Biggest Problems Facing a Home Owner

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                      Whether you are a first time home owner or have lived in one for a long time there are a few things that can go wrong around your house that you need to prepare for before they go wrong. In some cases you will be able to decide whether you want to do the work yourself or hire it out to a contractor but sometimes there just isn’t a choice and you are stuck calling …